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Tensions soar as US orders China consulate shut

US-Chinese relations, already tense over the coronavirus pandemic and Beijing's crackdown in Hong Kong, deteriorated once again Wednesday as Washington ordered the closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston within 72 hours.

Atlanta Mayor Bottoms gains stature as Biden mulls VP

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has earned praise for her handling of turbulent anti-racism protests, boosting her prospects of becoming Joe Biden's running mate and potentially America's first black female vice president.

Obama voices support for young US protesters

Former US president Barack Obama on Wednesday applauded the "profound" protests by Americans demanding racial justice and said demonstrations over last week's killing of a black man in police custody could spark nationwide reforms.

As US edges toward reopening, a mixed picture takes shape

One pool party was a crowded bedlam of collective joy and release with no social distancing, while others heading to the beach wore masks: America getting used to scaled-back lockdowns on a big holiday weekend was a study in contrasts.

Letter on US pullout from Iraq a ‘mistake’

America's military strategy in Iraq was thrown into confusion Monday as the Pentagon admitted a letter from a general informing the Iraqi government of an imminent US troop pullout was sent by "mistake."

Robert Redford warns of ‘dictator-like’ Trump

Legendary US actor Robert Redford hit out at the Trump administration on Tuesday in a scathing open letter warning that America faced a "dictator-like" attack by a man who, he said, must be voted out of office in 2020.

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